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this is bbc news, i'm kasia madera with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the new omicron strain of coronavirus is detected across europe — with cases confirmed in germany, italy, belgium, the czech republic and the uk, prompting new measures. we will require all contacts for those who test positive with a suspected case of omicron to self isolate for ten days, regardless of your vaccination status. israel plans to ban the entry of all foreigners for two weeks from sunday night — to tackle the spread of the omicron variant. the family and friends of one of those who died in the english channel
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when their small boat capsized, tells the bbc that she was kind hearted, and humble. and palmerias have won this year's copa libertadores for the second successive year, beating another brazilian side flamengo. britain's prime minister, borisjohnson, has announced measures, to halt the spread of the new omicron variant of coronavirus. it follows the discovery of two cases in the uk. face coverings will be made compulsory in shops and on public transport from next week. all travellers arriving in britain will have to take a pcr test. cases of omicron have also been confirmed in some european countries and israel. our political correspondent, iain watson, begins our coverage.
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it sounds like the title of a science—fiction novel — the omicron variant. but this latest version of covid, complete with many more mutations, is all too real. two cases have been identified here in the uk. the scientists say they need to learn more about it, but here's the reason the government's reacting swiftly to its presence... it does appear that omicron spreads very rapidly and can be spread between people who are double vaccinated. so, for the first time since the summer, there will be new restrictions in england. from next week, wearing masks in shops and on public transport will be mandatory, as it is now in scotland, wales and northern ireland, and if you're returning from abroad, compulsory pcr tests are being reintroduced. and that's not all... we will require all contacts of those who test positive with a suspected case of omicron to self—isolate for ten days, regardless
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of your vaccination status. and here's one reason why... there are quite extensive mutations on the spike protein, which is an important part of the virus, and the reason that is important is that is the bit which all the vaccines are against, so there is a reasonable chance that at least there will be some degree of vaccine escape with this variant. and the new measures will be reviewed just before christmas. how likely is it that those restrictions could be ratcheted up in three weeks' time, rather than wound down, and can you say with any confidence at the moment that people can keep their christmas plans? i'm pretty confident, or absolutely confident, this christmas will be considerably better than last christmas. but the new measures aren't the entirety of the government's plan b. advice to work from home and vaccine passports in england are still in the back pocket. i was told that boosting the vaccination programme was more important because even if it turns out vaccines are less good at stopping
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infection from the new variant, they could still offer protection against serious illness. we must boost the defences we have, which is why booster vaccines are so important, and go really hard and quick to get those booster vaccines across as many people as possible. the prime minister was criticised for not acting swiftly enough in the face of the delta variant. this time he is acting quickly, but the opposition say that in england he should be going further than the restrictions that he's willing to introduce. the government's plan b has always been our plan a. we think that mask wearing should be commonplace in public spaces, especially indoors, we think that people should be able to work from home where that is possible. i think we should have been doing all those things already, so of course we want them to be doing that now. the government say the new measures are targeted at slowing the spread of the omicron variant, buying time for vaccines to be modified if necessary.
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butjust as the beginning of the end of the pandemic was being predicted, we are now facing a period of uncertainty. iain watson, bbc news, westminster. nigel nelson is political editor for the british newspapers, people and sunday mirror. hejoins us now from london. how are your morning papers? how are your morning papers? how are your morning papers? how are they dealing with this given that we had earlier on today the announcements of these new restrictions and the british prime minister. what has your reaction been like in your papers? it’s has your reaction been like in your papers?— your papers? it's on every sinale your papers? it's on every single front _ your papers? it's on every single front page - your papers? it's on everyl single front page tomorrow morning, as you would expect, this is a big announcement. obviously this new variant came out of the blue. it is quite clear that scientists and politicians are extremely worried about it, so it is quite right also that these restrictions have been brought in. the way the papers are covering it is to suggest that they are being brought in now
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and then attempt to save christmas, obviously in the uk, we had a pretty bad christmas last year when we were basically locked down. the idea is to try to avoid that. however, i think that i would agree with the opposition labour party, this probably didn't go far enough, that it's all very well making people wear masks. they should have done that when the delta variant struck. also, we should be having cobit passports to go into nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, that kind of thing, and that should be the advice for working from home, which was the plan b that boris johnson keeps putting off. given the amount of criticism that the government came under when they didn't react possibly as quickly as some people had wanted them to what the delta variant, now with this latest variant, now with this latest variant, they are reacting quickly, but you feel that that should have been stricter and
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tougher, this plan be, as you are saying to him it's not a full plan b that's been implemented.- full plan b that's been implemented. full plan b that's been imlemented. ., �* , implemented. that's right. i think as was _ implemented. that's right. i think as was just _ implemented. that's right. i think as wasjust said, - implemented. that's right. i think as wasjust said, the i implemented. that's right. i l think as wasjust said, the aim think as was just said, the aim of these restrictions is to buy time, and they need to buy time because nobody knows just what this virus might be able to do. you heard chris whitty a little bit earlier talking to the chief medical officer where he was saying that their big fear is the fact that there are so many mutations on the spike protein. that's the kind of grappling hook which attaches itself to human cells. that is the bet that the vaccine is there to deal with. so what we don't know at the moment is whether or not existing vaccines will be able to deal with it. bringing in an enhanced booster programme to try and get over that, again, we don't know that the boosters will necessarily work. they
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have a better chance than the previous two jabs, but that causes all sorts of problems. they will have to reduce the age now at which people can get the blue stereos, that will also mean reducing that gap between second and third bella says. we will have to wait for a few days to find out exactly how that is going to work. you can see there is a certain desperation out there, and if they are that worried, i would have liked to have seen rather stronger restrictions coming in. , ., , ., in. interesting to get your viewnoint. _ in. interesting to get your viewpoint, interesting - in. interesting to get your viewpoint, interesting to l in. interesting to get your i viewpoint, interesting to see all the papers dominated by this when it comes to the sunday morning papers. nigel, as always, thank you so much for staying on to speak with us, the political editorfor the people and the sunday mirror. thank you so much. more details of these restrictions on our website, but, of course, passengers in south africa have been scrambling to find flights out of the country as world leaders announce tighter border controls. the netherlands says 61 people who arrived in amsterdam on two
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flights from south africa have tested positive for covid—i9. further testing is being carried out to see if they are cases of the omicron variant. caroline davies reports. it is all taking... stuck on an aeroplane as the authorities grapple with what to do next. jack was one of 600 passengers who were stopped at shippable airport yesterday after flying from south africa. they were kept in the terminal for hours waiting for the results of new pcr test. jack is one of 61 people the authorities have said are positive despite being double jabbed and testing negative before flying. people were crying, babies were crying, and i said where am i going? you're going to a quarantine hotel in amsterdam and we were put into the back of a van, a minibus kind of van, that had, to be fair, it looked like clingfilm or sheets or something
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hanging from the top, two guys in the front in hazmat suits. have you been told what will happen next? i've not had any emails, no text messages. no phone calls or anything, nothing at all. the airport says it was a unique situation and they had done their best to make sure people were comfortable. around the world, countries are closing their borders to arrivals from southern africa including the usa. we are going to be cautious, make sure there is no travel to and from south africa and six other countries in that region, except foramerican citizens who are able to come back. over the course of the last few months travel has been opening up, as the doors close trying to get uk nationals out of southern africa before quarantine hotels start tomorrow is a struggle. south africa is a huge definition for both business and visiting friends
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and relatives coming for the christmas period, there is lots of stress for passengers, and many of them will not be able to get home because there is not the flight up lift to get them back before quarantine comes in. there are still many questions about the omicron variant, while scientists around the world what to answer them, the world's government is struggling to buy more time. israel and several european countries have taken action to counter the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. with one case derected, israel plans to ban the entry of all foreigners for two weeks from sunday night. this is a developing story. let's get more details now from our news reporter mark lobel. so israel may become the first country to ban foreign arrivals in light of this new variant. there is clearly alarm in israel. when you look at the history of coal bed, israel is the first country to vaccinate
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the first country to vaccinate the first country to vaccinate the first party —— coronavirus, when they got out of that lockdown, it looks like they may be depressed to consider a travel ban on all countries, on all foreigners for 14 days, and thatis all foreigners for 14 days, and that is because of the extremely transmissible variant that we are discussing. as has arrived at a very complicated time for israel, coinciding with the hanukkah vacation from the festival of lights holiday that lasts eight days and includes children, and most of them are out of school and unvaccinated. now, subject to government approval, unvaccinated. now, subject to governmentapproval, israel government approval, israel would governmentapproval, israel would be the first country to shut its borders to contain the spread of this and introduce counterterrorism phone tracking technology to trace it. omicron, they have been cases of it traced in israel, one of which has been confirmed as the actual variants. others are suspected, including someone who had already had their booster shots, and that comes just a few days after a top health expert in israel was saying what a major success that their booster campaign had
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been as they fight the fourth wave. just this week they were starting to vaccinate 5— ii —year—olds, and other prime minister says they are on the verge of a state of emergency, so that's how quickly things have moved in israel. i guess the hope is that this will be a less deadly variant in terms of hospitalisations and deaths, but because so much is unknown, it is amazing to see how rapidly international action is being taken. for example, we learned that in switzerland, they have widened quarantine restrictions, so travellers from britain, the czech republic, netherlands, egypt and malawi now have to prove a negative cobit test, and also quarantine anyway for ten days on arrival. {iii quarantine anyway for ten days on arrival-— on arrival. of course, the concern _ on arrival. of course, the concern is _ on arrival. of course, the concern is that _ on arrival. of course, the concern is that this - on arrival. of course, the concern is that this new | concern is that this new variant, cases are growing globally. variant, cases are growing aloball . variant, cases are growing globally-— variant, cases are growing aloball . , , ., globally. the list is growing -robabl globally. the list is growing probably as _ globally. the list is growing probably as we _ globally. the list is growing probably as we are - globally. the list is growing i probably as we are speaking. south africa originally there were dozens of cases, botswana four cases in belgium had one case. now we have learned there were two cases in germany, when
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in italy, two in the uk and a suspected case in the czech republic as we mentioned in the netherlands, 61 passengers travelled from south africa to the airport, and a number of them are probably carrying the omicron strain, and in australia, urging testing going on for two arrivals from south africa into the most popular state, new south wales. they are currently quarantining the state capital for 1h days while they wait for the test results there. this all began two days ago, came to light two days ago and already criticisms of the way that the international community is reacting. south africa's foreign ministry says it is being punished with all of the flight bands to southern african countries, instead of being applauded for discovering what is going on. the former british prime minister is that it is no surprise that this has happened because rich countries, he says, according to vaccines. he says that 12,000,000,000 will be made by the end of this year, enough
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for the world, but while that's not being spread around, these mutations take place. the question now is not which countries are unvaccinated and looking for the next variant, the urgent question now is how those highly vaccinated countries are going to be able to stand up to variant.- to stand up to variant. thank ou so to stand up to variant. thank you so much _ to stand up to variant. thank you so much for— to stand up to variant. thank you so much for keeping - to stand up to variant. thank. you so much for keeping across all of the detail, a very fast developing development. thank you so much as always. we are managing the situation on our website, but now on to our next story. as officials in france work to identify the 27 people, who died in the english channel this week when their small boat capsized, the bbc has been hearing from the family and friends of one of victims. maryam nuri mohamed amin was a 2k year old kurdish woman, from northern iraq. she was trying to reach the uk, to be with her partner. lucy williamson has more details. she left to start a new life with her fiance. video from her engagement party less than a year ago still stored on her relatives' phones.
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maryam nuri mohamed amin tried several times to get a visa tojoin her partner in the uk, before deciding to surprise him by trying to get there another way. she was messaging him when the boat began to lose air. in northern iraq, the anger of the family showed through their grief. her mother and sister, inconsolable. translation: going to britain is very difficult, she tried to . get to britain legally twice. she went to the british embassy but the process was delayed. she was forced to go the way she did. herfriend, iman, left to absorb the news of her death. her humanity was so good, always advising me and she was like someone i looked up to for advice. no one should try this. no one. no one deserves to die in this way.
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but this disaster, it has changed little in the minds of people living in migrant camps here. they are waiting for the right weather conditions to make the samejourney, take the same risks. there has been a lot of finger pointing across the channel over who is to blame for the growing crisis. european interior ministers are due to meet tomorrow to discuss the problem, but the british home secretary has been dis—invited, in the middle of a diplomatic feud between the prime minister, borisjohnson, and the french president, emmanuel macron. investigations have begun to identify the other victims, but questions are also being asked about why help never arrived and more broadly, ahead of the meeting tomorrow, why after all the diplomacy, all the deterrence, lives are still being risked and lost in a narrow stretch of sea. lucy williamson, bbc news, calais. this is bbc news — our main headlines...
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the new omicron strain of coronavirus is detected across europe — with cases confirmed in germany, italy, belgium, the czech republic and the uk — prompting new measures. more now on our main story — dr marc van ranst is a member of the belgian government's scientific committee on coronavirus. he gave me his assessment of the concerns surrounding the new omicron strain. well, when you look at the situation in south africa, the johannesburg beach and, this omicron variant has very successfully managed to replace the already extremely transmissible delta variant. so if they can do that, if the omicron variant can do that, thenjohannesburg can do that all over the world. so you are going to replace them, a very transmissible virus, with an extremely transmissible virus, and that by itself, it is wary
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some. ., , ., some. so, that is where a some, but is there _ some. so, that is where a some, but is there a _ some. so, that is where a some, but is there a balance? _ some. so, that is where a some, but is there a balance? if- some. so, that is where a some, but is there a balance? if it - but is there a balance? if it is so transmissible, does it then become less deadly? that is exactly what _ then become less deadly? that is exactly what we _ then become less deadly? trust is exactly what we hope. that is exactly what we hope. that is exactly what they claim in thejohannesburg area at is exactly what they claim in the johannesburg area at the thejohannesburg area at the moment, and i would love to believe it, because if that would be the case, people do not end up in the hospital, then you have a way out of this crisis. it's equally transmissible his delta and you are in a real mess. where it is less pathogenic, less people will end up in the hospital, and then you don't care if it is more transmissible.- and then you don't care if it is more transmissible. that is one thing _ is more transmissible. that is one thing that _ is more transmissible. that is one thing that we _ is more transmissible. that is one thing that we are - is more transmissible. that is one thing that we are going . is more transmissible. that is| one thing that we are going to be watching and monitoring. in terms of the way the vaccines operate with this, what do we know about a? we had the prime minister talking about it. when you are looking at it, are you concerned that the vaccines that we have at the moment, that we have at the moment, that they won't work as
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effectively against this particular variant? to be honest. _ particular variant? to be honest, we _ particular variant? to be honest, we don't - particular variant? to be honest, we don't know. | particular variant? to be i honest, we don't know. we particular variant? to be - honest, we don't know. we see that there are a lot of mutations in these mutations are in an extremely important area of the virus, that is where the virus binds to human cells, and that is what is extremely important for the vaccine immunity. on paper, you might think that the vaccine might think that the vaccine might work lasts against this omicron variant, however, the proof is in the plating, so in a couple of weeks, we will know for sure. ~ . , for sure. we are seeing different _ for sure. we are seeing different countries - for sure. we are seeing| different countries react for sure. we are seeing i different countries react in different countries react in different ways and introducing travel bans, restrictions. is this the right way of trying to cut this down? because of its as transmissible as he say, it's inevitable, is there and inevitably dash inevitability that it will cross borders as a saw with the delta variant? you can be sure _ saw with the delta variant? you can be sure it — saw with the delta variant? you can be sure it is— saw with the delta variant? ym. can be sure it is already here. it is in every european country, so you are not going to really be able to keep it
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completely limited to a number, a small number of cases, so it will go up. however, you want to close the import of cases as much as you can, and that is why i can understand a short—term travel ban, however, when you do that, you have to acknowledge that this is really unfair to a country with superb laboratories and superb virologist who discovered this strain quite rapidly. they are completely transparent and honest about it, that is not that way to deal with that. if we have a travel ban, i would suggest that they have the most vaccines, because developed countries, half of the population is vaccinated, but when you go and look at the developing world, and africa, less than 6% of the population is vaccinated, so i travel ban yes, and in the meantime,
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certain vaccines.— yes, and in the meantime, certain vaccines. our thanks to ou. three people have died, as storm arwen hit parts of the uk, bringing high winds, rain and snow. there's been damage across scotland, northern england, the midlands and wales, leading to road closures and severe train delays. at one point, more than 100,000 homes were without power. here's andy gill. storm arwen has left much of the country facing disruption and damage. there have been some near misses, road and rail travel has been badly affected and tens of thousands of homes left without power. the storm brought picture postcard scenery to the north yorkshire village of low row, but it's also disrupting life, especially for the vulnerable. patricia is 86. she lives alone and has difficulty walking. her power�*s been off since half past ten last night. it's cold, very cold. now, i've got some... somebody brought me a hot water bottle to put on my knees. and i've got two jumpers on.
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winds of more than 90 miles an hour battered the north—east coast of scotland and trains were cancelled across the uk. it's a fluid situation. we're going to try and keep people moving wherever we can. but in many parts of the country we are encouraging people not to travel at all and certainly to check on the websites, on the apps, and for live information before they do set off. on one train in the north of scotland, passengers were stranded overnight. well, i got on the train at elgin just at the back of 3pm yesterday afternoon and about five o'clock, we hit huntley and stayed there for about 17 hours. on a farm near st asaph in north wales, a shed roof blew off, damaging cars. the met office has issued a yellow warning for icy conditions on sunday across much of scotland, northern england and the midlands. andy gill, bbc news, north yorkshire.
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scientists are warning that much of australia's native wildlife could disappear by 2050 due to differing factors. according to the national science agency indigenous animals and plants could be lost. joey clarke is from the australian wildlife conservancy. his organisation isn't surprised by the findings. small mammals are a group that has suffered disproportionately. so things that you might not have heard of, bandit kids, so things that you might not have heard of, bandicoots, really unique animals which are only found in australia, they have suffered the worst extinctions and that's basically because they are the right size to be eaten by a fox or cat. what we see is the priority in the first instance is to create spaces that are safe, where we can rebuild populations of some of those native species. we have launched the largest rewilding effort in australia,
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building a network of fenced safe havens that are secure from thse feral predators will step beyond that, we need to look at managing habitat. so removing those large feral herbivores where we can at a large scale and also getting management right. we have a lot to learn there from the indigenous australians who have been doing that, of course, for thousands of years. joey clark. archaeologists in peru have unearthed a well—preserved mummy that could be at least 800 years old. this pre—incan mummy was discovered at an archaeological complex east of lima, and could be up to 1,200 years old, from the pre—inca chakla culture. archaeologists found the mummy in an oval underground structure surrounded by various offering materials such as pots and ceramics. football and palmerias have won this years copa libertadores for the second successive year. they needed extra
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time to beat another brazilian side flamengo. congratulations to them. hello. storm arwen brought wind gusts close to 100mph across northumberland. the storm has now pulled away south and eastwards and with pressure building from the west, the winds will continue to ease, but sunday will be another cold day, further wintry showers in the forecast and the risk of ice through sunday morning and an area of rain, sleet and snow originally across scotland and just clipping northern ireland, will move into the north of england and into the midlands and wales by the end of the afternoon. on either side of this there will be some good spells of sunshine but further wintry showers just clipping the east coast and more cloud pushing into northern ireland, but we will see some late afternoon sunshine here. by comparison to saturday, the winds will be much lighter but still fairly gusty down these eastern coasts for a large part of the day and in that way and it is going to continue to feel cold.
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temperatures for some struggling to get much above two or 3 c and we could see seven or 8 c for some western coast. the area of rain, sleet and snow starting to move its way south through sunday evening, clear skies behind it, another cold and frosty night and more cloud and outbreaks of rain, a little bit of higher level snow pushing into north—west scotland and maybe northern ireland. temperatures across northern ireland staying above freezing, elsewhere another cold and frosty night. this is how we start monday, with this frontal system moving into northern ireland and scotland. it is a warm front so behind it the air is going to be slightly less cold but it will bring a lot of cloud, initially some snow on monday, through the grampians, the southern uplands, more like rain come the afternoon. further south, mainly dry, often cloudy, the best of any brightness, i think across southern and south—east england, where temperatures again, just four or 5 c. further west, they are starting
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to rise a little and we could see nine or ten across parts of north—west england, north—west scotland and northern ireland. as we move into tuesday, we see another frontal system pushing in from off the atlantic and this one is going to provide some heavy outbreaks of rain, initially in the scotland and northern ireland and gradually sliding its way south and eastwards through tuesday. some parts of central, southern and eastern england may stay dry through daylight hours, but look as the temperatures recover into double figures, 11 or 12 c on tuesday. behind that rain band, things will be turning colder again on wednesday with some wintry showers and feeling cold in the wind, still quite cold on thursday.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... the new omicron strain of coronavirus is detected across europe — with cases confirmed in germany, italy, belgium, the czech republic and the uk. britain's prime minister, borisjohnson, has announced new measures to halt the spread, which include all travellers arriving in britain having to take a pcr test. israel is planning to ban the entry of all foreigners for two weeks from sunday night to tackle the spread of the omicron variant, after one case was detected. israeli prime minister naftali bennett has said that israel is on the verge of a state of emergency. the family and friends of one of those who died in the english channel when their small boat capsized, have told the bbc that she was kind hearted. maryam nuri mohamed amin was a 24—year—old kurdish woman, from northern iraq, who was travelling to be with her partner.
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